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Missourians head to Rio

August 2, 2016
Op-Eds
11 Missourians will be competing in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games

Families across America love to come together and watch the Olympics every four years. This year, the Olympic Summer Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5 through 21.


I wanted to make sure you knew one of Missouri’s own, J’den Cox from Columbia, will be competing as a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team at the Olympic Summer Games.

J'den Cox

Currently a junior at Mizzou, J’den is now one of only two students in Mizzou’s history to qualify for the Olympic wrestling team. While J’den was on the U.S. National Wrestling Team, he was not guaranteed a place on the 2016 Olympics as the team did not place high enough. Despite these odds, J’den traveled to Mongolia where he competed and earned his place on this U.S. Olympic Team. 


It is great to see such dedicated and talented people like J’den right here in Missouri’s Fourth. I could not be more proud of J’den and look forward to watching him compete. You may read more about J’den’s incredible journey as a wrestler here.


There are a number of other Missourians competing in Rio as well. Click on the names below to read about their stories.


Gwen Berry, Florissant

Deanna Price, Moscow Mills

Brittany Borman, Festus

Courtney Frerichs, Nixa

Zach Garrett, Wellington

Edward King, Ironton

Colleen Quigley, St. Louis

Michael Rodgers, Florissant

Becky Sauerbrunn, St. Louis

Murphy Troy, St. Louis


You can also view the U.S. Olympic Committee’s press release announcing the entire 555-member 2016 Team USA here.